Understanding Change pp Cite as. In this chapter I would like to analyze the implications of the concept of multiple identities from the point of view of paradigms of social and cultural change, especially the evolutionary one. They all assumed, even if only implicitly, that the cultural program of modernity as it developed in modern Europe and the basic institutional constellations that emerged there would ultimately take over in all modern izing and modern societies; with the expansion of modernity, they would prevail throughout the world Eisenstadt, a. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
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In he was appointed to a teaching post in the sociology department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From until his death in September he was professor emeritus. Eisenstadt received a number of prizes, including the Balzan prize and the Max-Planck research prize. He was also the winner of the Holberg International Memorial Prize.
In the field of sociology he became known as a "sociologist of youth" after a term in From Generation to Generation , a work closely related to the ideas of Talcott Parsons. Eisenstadt's research contributed considerably to the understanding that the modern trend of a eurocentric interpretation of the cultural program developed in the west is a natural development model seen in all societies It started the trend.
Frankfurter Rundschau , March 22, His family moved to Poland a few generations before Eisenstadt was born in in Warsaw , Poland. In the early s Eisenstadt's widowed mother took him to Jerusalem and he was educated in Palestine from the age of In , Eisenstadt studied at the Hebrew University where he received his M.
Eisenstadt stayed at the Hebrew University and began teaching there, served as the Chairman of the Department of Sociology from to , and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for a few years. Eisenstadt contributed to the understanding of cultures and civilizations. As a social scientist, "Eisenstadt has focused on the interplay between cultural and structural processes of change and on inherent tensions and antinomies rather than on uniform process of development"  Eisenstadt researched broad themes of social change, modernities and civilizations.
Eisenstadt summed up his views by saying "I try to understand what was the historical experience of the great civilizations N Eisenstadt. The articles relate to Eisenstadt's major themes in the study of cultures, modernization, and social and political change.
Multiple Modernities in the Framework of a Comparative Evolutionary Perspective